Don’t Forget Your Neck!

Ah, the neck–so often covered up by scarves, turtlenecks, high collars and massive necklaces. If you are older as I am, you will need to pay good attention to your neck as well as your face. What do I mean by that? Just this: if you wash your face morning and night, also wash your neck morning and night. At night, after moisturizing your face, don’t forget to moisturize your neck as well. The same applies with sunscreen; put it on your face and neck; ears, too if your hair style doesn’t cover them up. Even on a cloudy day, you can get UV damage which can age your skin.

It’s a sad fact that our necks start to poop out a lot sooner than we’d like, so it’s important to treat the neck as nicely as possible. It doesn’t like getting older any more than you do. Neither does our upper chest; how many times have you seen wrinkled cleavage?

Speaking of things that should remain unseen, I find it a lot easier to cover up more; it’s easier on everyone.Where I used to wear shorts, I now wear capris or cropped pants. Where I used to wear low-cut tops, I now wear v-necks. Shoot, I don’t even wear ballet slippers anymore because 1) I need my Good Feet inserts, and 2) I don’t even like toe cleavage these days. And nobody sees my upper arms. Ever.

The older we get, the more we need to cover up the wrinkly bits. But since we can’t always wear scarves or turtlenecks or chokers, we can at least give the neck the same attention as our face. Another trick I use is to hold my head up as high as I can. (This way perhaps no one will notice my neck, but will appreciate my good posture!)  But we still need to give the neck its due morning and night. A decent cleanser, skin toner, moisturizer and sunscreen does wonders. Every so often, you can treat your face and neck to a good facial scrub prior to cleansing. If you enjoy *facials as I do (I generally give myself one once a month), you can use it on your face and neck, and they won’t cost you a dime (see below).

But I digress. Necks need attention as well as our faces because, let’s face it (no pun intended), it makes our faces look worse if our necks are neglected. It’s a lot like putting a really cute hat on a monkey–while you love the hat, it’s still a monkey wearing it.

*Here are my recipes for facials for both dry and oily skin:

For dry skin: Mix one egg yolk with two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to face and neck for about 10 minutes or when it dries. The combination of the rich yolk and oil help lubricate dry skin. Wash off with mild soap and water, and follow with toner and moisturizer.

For oily skin: Apply one beaten egg white to face and neck for about 10 minutes or when it dries. The egg white acts as a drawing salve to pull out oils. Wash off with mild soap and water, and follow with toner and moisturizer.

 

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